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A BABY boom fuelled by migration led to a warning yesterday that there could be nearly twice as many pupils as primary school places within two years in parts of England.


As many as two in three councils could see more children starting school by September 2016 than they currently have places for, the Local Government Association said.

Schools are already turning music rooms and libraries into classrooms, reducing playground space and expanding class sizes in a bid to cope.

David Simmonds, of the LGA children and young people board, warned: “Mums and dads rightly expect their child to have access to a place in a good school, which is nearby and in a good state of repair.

“But councils face unprecedented pressures in tackling a desperate shortage of school places.” Among the worst affected councils are Costessey in Norfolk, Purfleet in Essex and central Croydon, south London. They will have at least 75 per cent more pupils by 2015 than the places currently available.


Figures last month showed Britain’s net population rose by 419,900 to 63.7 million last year.

Sir Andrew Green, of think tank MigrationWatch, said: “Parents are bearing the cost of mass immigration.”

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